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Ebola Design Charette - The Embrace | Storyline Design


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Ebola Design Charette - The Embrace | Storyline Design


 

'The Embrace'

A photographic series showing the work progression of The Embrace Team, a sub-group of students, teachers, and professionals participating in a three day Ebola Design Charette hosted by the University of Michigan Penny Stamps School of Art and Design.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Morning Meeting | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Morning Meeting | Storyline Design


 

Morning Meeting

Each morning started with the collective group gathering in the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design auditorium to discuss the project and focus of the day.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Collaboration | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Collaboration | Storyline Design


 

Collaboration and Concepts

The initial work of the team was to explore ideas in dialogue. With a diverse group of collaborators and experts, discussions moved into deeper explorations of concepts that could have merit, which led to the idea of 'The Embrace'.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - First Embrace | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - First Embrace | Storyline Design


 

The First Embrace

Once the idea was established, we began to explore the position and mechanics of an embrace within a frame structure upon which we could build a prototype.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Working Quickly | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Working Quickly | Storyline Design


 

Working Quickly

Existing protective hazmat suits provided the sleeves needed to quickly assemble the first prototype. Working quickly allowed for rapid testing and iteration, which was important to the process.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype | Storyline Design


 

The First Prototype

Sleeves taped to roll stock of the same hazmat material allowed us to begin exploring design attributes and viability of the idea.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype-2 | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype-2 | Storyline Design


 

The First Prototype

We immediately knew that a viewing window would be needed to create a more healing and meaningful embrace.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype-3 | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - First Prototype-3 | Storyline Design


 

The First Prototype

Size and location of sleeve slots were found to be important especially when considering different heights of individuals.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Modify | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Modify | Storyline Design


 

Modify and Evaluate

Clear plastic to form a view window was cut and placed with tape into the prototype. Tremendous excitement was shared by the team in seeing our idea take shape so quickly.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Design Refinement | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Design Refinement | Storyline Design


 

Design Refinement

Information from our initial physical studies allowed us to move into the next phase of design refinement towards the construction of our final presentation prototype.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication | Storyline Design


 

Fabrication

With design specifications in place, team members began the fabrication of a more refined prototype.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication-2 | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication-2 | Storyline Design


 

Fabrication

Sleeve patterns were now more precisely sewn together.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication-3 | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Fabrication-3 | Storyline Design


 

Fabrication

Final assembly and positioning on the frame structure. 

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Presentation | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Presentation | Storyline Design


 

Presentation

Teams moved their final prototypes into a public hallway where all could see and experience.

 
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Ebola Design Charette - Embrace Focus | Storyline Design


Ebola Design Charette - Embrace Focus | Storyline Design


 

'The Embrace'

“Our focus has been to explore the journey of infected individuals, to design solutions with empathy for maintaining connections with family, community, and solving the most basic human need that Ebola steals…the ability to be touched.”
—The Embrace Team